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Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi and Prof. Amro M. Farid give back-to-back invited lectures at Carnegie Mellon University

In the Fall of 2010, Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi and Prof. Amro M. Farid teamed up to collaborate on smart power grids.  For Prof. Youcef-Toumi, as director of the Mechatronics Research Laboratory and co-director for the MIT-KFUPM Center for Clean Water and Energy, this was a natural extension of his existing research.  For Prof. Farid, this was a natural shift of application domain from the control, automation and systems engineering of manufacturing system to energy systems.  Many of the recent research outputs featured within the LIINES smart power grid research theme are the rich fruits from this successful collaboration.  Today, on February 5th, both professors were invited to feature their collaboration at the 9th Annual Carnegie Mellon Conference on the Electricity Industry:  The Role of Distributed Coordination in Resilient & Fine-Grain Control of Power Grids.  

The first presentation entitled “A Multi-Agent System Transient Stability Platform for Resilient Self-Healing Operation of Multiple Microgrids” was delivered by Prof. Youcef-Toumi.  This work combines multi-agent system techniques from the field of distributed artificial intelligence with transient stability analysis from power systems engineering.  It recognizes that power grids are operated by multiple independent stakeholders be they independent power producers, semi-autonomous microgrids, full-scale utilities or whole countries.  Each has jurisdiction and control over its respective area even though the physical grids are electrically connected.  Hence, the multiple stakeholders must coordinate and collaborate with distributed control techniques in order to assure technical reliability.  The interested reader is referred to the publications led by Dr. Sergio Rivera on the LIINES website for further information.

The second presentation entitled “An Enterprise Control Approach for the Assessment of Variable Energy Resource Induced Power System Imbalances” was delivered by Prof. Farid.   This presentation reiterates the need for enterprise control techniques when assessing and mitigating the power system imbalances induced by the integration of variable energy resources like wind and solar PV.   It showed that when the power system’s primary, secondary and tertiary control are considered simultaneously, accurate and insightful conclusions can be made about the techno-economic viability of VER integration.  These conclusions overcome many of the limitations of existing methodologies found in recent renewable energy integration studies.  The interested reader is referred to the publications lead by Dr. Aramazd Muzhikyan on the LIINES website for further information.

These lectures follow similar inivited lectures at MIT and the Czech Technical University in Prague.  Full text of the background reference papers may be found on the LIINES publication page: http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu

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Research Theme Highlight Part V: Sustainable Systems

While the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks for Engineering Systems maintains a research program composed of four complementary themes, sometimes interesting research opportunities and collaborations often arise.  Naturally, being at the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology many of these are devoted to the topic of sustainability.  The “Sustainable Systems” research theme is therefore a “catch-all” group of works at the LIINES.  But this doesn’t make them any less interesting!  In 2013, the Sustainable Systems research theme had publications that varied from temporary housing for refugees, to the development of healthcare human capital in developing nations,  to environmental management of aluminum production facilities.  Stay tuned as we feature these important works!

The Sustainable Systems Publications page may be found here.

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Prof. Amro M. Farid gives invited lecture at the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department

In recent months, we at the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems have been arguing for “Enterprise Control” in support of the future developments of the electricity grid.  This work has provoked interest in a number of different research communities.  To that end, Prof. Amro M. Farid was invited on January 31st to give a lecture entitled “Intelligent Enterprise Control of Future Electric Power Systems” at the MIT Mechanical Engineering department.  While power grid’s are often seen as the domain of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers have developed a strong interest in smart grids due to the heavy role of power generation and building management.  Furthermore, the concept of enterprise control  which originates from the ISA-s95 standard within the manufacturing domain is particularly familiar to mechanical engineers.  This presentation argues the need for holistic assessment methods and then highlights our recent work on the development of enterprise control strategies.  It draws from multiple LIINES publications lead by Dr. Aramazd Muzhikyan and Dr. Sergio Rivera.

The lecture follows a similar invited lecture at the Czech Technical University Department of Cybernetics in Prague.  Full text of the background reference papers may be found on the LIINES publication page: http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu

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Happy New Year 2014! Lots of News to Come!

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year 2014!  Last year was quite the successful year for the LIINES.  At times the news was coming in so fast that we could hardly keep up with this blog.  Needless to say some of the news didn’t quite make it up.  In the meantime, 2014 appears to be no different.  So in the coming days and weeks, we hope to keep you up to date with the latest news.  And in all fairness to all LIINES researchers, we will highlight some of the accomplishments of 2013 as well.  .

Best,

Prof. Amro M. Farid

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LIINES wins Best Applied Research Paper Award at GCC CIGRE 2013

In a recent blog post, we shared that Prof. Amro M. Farid and Dr. Aramazd Muzhikyan authored and presented a paper entitled “The Need for Holistic Assessment Methods for the Future Electricity Grid” at this year’s GCC CIGRE conference held in Abu Dhabi.   This work has now received the Best Applied Research Paper Award!   Prof. Farid accepted the award on behalf of the LIINES from Eng. Salem Harithi (Network Service Director of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority.) The associated monetary prize will be invested back into the laboratory’s research activities.

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Full text of the paper and related work may be found through the LIINES Website  under paper code [EWN-C08] :  http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu publications page.


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Prof. Amro M. Farid gives invited lecture at the Czech Technical University Department of Cybernetics

In recent months, we at the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems have been arguing for “Enterprise Control” in support of the future developments of the electricity grid.  This work has provoked particular interest from the Artificial Intelligence research community.   To that end, Prof. Amro M. Farid was invited on November 15th to give a lecture entitled “Intelligent Enterprise Control of Future Electric Power Systems” at the Czech Technical University Department of Cybernetics in Prague.  This presentation argues the need for holistic assessment methods and then highlights our recent work on the development of enterprise control strategies.  It draws from multiple LIINES publications lead by Dr. Aramazd Muzhikyan and Dr. Sergio Rivera.

Full text of the background reference papers may be found on the LIINES publication page: http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu

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Prof. Amro M. Farid presents Power Grid Enterprise Control paper at GCC CIGRE 2013

In recent months, we at the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems have been arguing for “Enterprise Control” in support of the future developments of the electricity grid.  In other words, the power grid’s primary, secondary and tertiary control must be addressed simultaneously to achieve both reliability as well as economic objectives.  These arguments have been presented in various forums.  The most recent of these is an extensive literature review entitled “The Need for Holistic Assessment Methods for the Future Electricity Grid” authored by Prof. Amro M. Farid and Dr. Aramazd Muzhikyan.   Prof. Farid presented this work at the 2013 GCC CIGRE conference held in Abu Dhabi on November 18-20.

Full text of the paper and related work may be found through the LIINES Website  under paper code [EWN-C08] :  http://amfarid.scripts.mit.edu publications page.


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Research Theme Highlight Part III: Transportation Electrification Systems

The Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems maintains a research program composed of four complementary themes.  In the fourth of a four part series on the LIINES website,  the laboratory’s Transportation Electrification Systems is highlighted.  This work has produced in Abu Dhabi the first full-scale technical feasibility study for electric vehicles and has gone on to produce a hybrid dynamic system model of a Transportation Electricity Nexus as a single integrated system.

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Research Theme Highlight Part IV: Electrified Transportation Systems

The Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems maintains a research program composed of four complementary themes.  In the fourth of a four part series on the LIINES website,  the laboratory’s Energy-Transportation Nexus Theme is highlighted.  This work has produced in Abu Dhabi the first full-scale technical feasibility study for electric vehicles and has gone on to produce a hybrid dynamic system model of an Energy-Transportation Nexus as a single integrated system.

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The 4 R’s of an Advanced Grid: Resiliency, Reliability, Response & Repair

In this smartgridnews article, Doug Housseman argues that an advanced grid actually requires 4 R’s:  Resiliency, Reliability, Response & Repair.  The four properties are defined and rationalized for the future grid.

 

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